Name (?)


Trismegistos ID: 738441

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, Storeroom of the Italian missions, SN.93.7.


Fragment of a plain small jug ('olletta') of local ware (0.065; 0.036;0.01; diameter c. 0.12).


Incised sinistrorsum before firing, on the lid and belly


0.013-0.016; straight iota, four-strikes sigma

Place of Origin



Fifth century B.C. (lettering)


Found in 1993 by L. Bacchielli at Cyrene : cave of the Nymphs .

Last recorded Location

Observed in 1993 by A. Santucci at Shahat : Storeroom of the Italian missions .

Present Location

Not seen by IGCyr team.

Text constituted from

Transcription from editors.


Lazari and Santucci in Gill-Santucci-Uhlenbrock, 2000 , pp. 182-183, n. 930 (dr.), and Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique , 2001.562, whence SEG , 50.1642.


  ← ΙΣ ι [---] 


1 ΙΣ ι : Gill-Santucci-Uhlenbrock, 2000  [---] ISI (sic: see commentary)

French translation


English translation

Not usefully translatable.

Italian translation


Arabic translation

غير قابل للترجمة بشكل جيد.


The first edition of this sherd was based upon the unpublished thesis of Carla Lazari (University of Padova, 1952-1953), completed by Anna Santucci, who updated the bibliography and commentary about the script. Unfortunately, the references given to a so-called 'three-strokes sigma' are out of place, as the compared items are all three-strokes iotas, but for one vase-inscription painted in Attica. This isolated piece of local ware is probably difficult to date and it seems that the date (VI century) given in the publication is only based upon the script.

In fact, the photograph shows clearly a four-strokes sigma, which also indicates the retrograd direction of the inscription. The third letter might be either iota or part of a mu. The straight iota and the use of sigma forbid to date the script before ca. 600.

Moreover, a tentative restoration [Νυμφα]ῖσι, proposed by Micheli and Santucci in Gill-Santucci-Uhlenbrock, 2000 , p. 128 is impossible on behalf of the dialect. Beginning with Ἰσμ- we know only of mythical or geographical names, which might produce a personal name. If Ισι- should be read, an interpretation seems even more obscure. Non liquet .

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